CDO White Water Rafting

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No trip to Cagayan de Oro will be complete without a white water rafting adventure.

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We took the services of Bugsay Rafting (through Yuri, +639173284729) and availed the lower section course. The lower section is also called the beginner’s course, has 12 rapids, and has a total length of 14 kilometers.┬áThe lower section covers 2.5 – 3 hours depending on the level of the water.

To the left of the river is Misamis Oriental. To the right, it’s Bukidnon. The Cagayan de Oro River is the natural boundary between the two provinces.

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It may seem daunting at first but don’t worry. There will be an orientation in the beginning and they’ll tell you the important parts of the adventure – how to hold the paddle, where to sit, how not to fall, what not to do.

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It’s up to your boat if you want to make the trip enjoyable. After the first rapid, you wouldn’t think that it’s daunting at all. Well, that’s dependent on your sense of adventure.

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In the still (and very deep) parts of the river, you will be allowed to swim. You need not swim because there’s still a current that’s bringing you downstream.

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There will be times when you will really be tested. If you think you’ve had enough experience with rapids, one comes along that isn’t like any other.

The adventure is fun. If you’re into sports and nature, white water rafting is definitely an experience you should try. The water is cool and the guides are very helpful.

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When I come back, I will definitely do one more round of this! I’m just hoping that I could experience this with a lot more friends.

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Going to Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro

There are a number of ways to get to Camiguin from Cagayann de Oro:

  • Land travel via car
  • Land travel via public transportation
  • Direct ferry from CDO

On our trip we decided to use public transportation because (1) it’s cheaper, (2) you get to experience the Misamis Oriental countryside, and (3) you get to see Northern Mindanao in all its glory.

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To get to Camiguin using public transportation, you have to make your way to the Agora Public Market in Cagayan de Oro. It shouldn’t be hard to find it because it’s a known area and it’s a terminal for buses going to the east of the city.

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To get into the bus terminal, you have to pay a terminal fee of PHP 3. The proceeds of which are used for the maintenance of the terminal itself. You have to get on an air-conditioned bus bound for Butuan (pronounced: Boo-twan – a different pronunciation may mean a different thing) and ask the assistant that you’ll be getting off at Balingoan (pronounced: Ba-ling-wan). There’s also a regular bus (without air-conditioning) that’s also going the same destination. The fare of the air-conditioned bus is PHP 148; and, the fare for the regular one is PHP 85. It’s your choice but I suggest that you take the air-conditioned one for comfort.

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You will get off at Balingoan Market. This shouldn’t be hard because it’s the first stopover of the trip. To get to the port, you get on the highway, walk a few meters on the direction of Butuan-bound buses, and you’ll see the sign welcoming you to the Port of Balingoan.

On the road to the terminal, you’ll see the booth of different ferry / boat companies selling tickets. You should be careful about buying tickets because these have different travel times. Based on the size of the boat, your travel time could extend from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. The fare, though, is standard at PHP 170 regardless of the boat company you choose.

Before entering the port, you’d have to pay the PHP 2 for the environmental fee and PHP 15 for the terminal fee.

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This boat took us a little over an hour and fifteen minutes from Balingoan to Benoni port.

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From the boat, you can see the island of Camiguin.

Ride the boat / ferry to Benoni Port that’s located in the town of Guinsiliban in Camiguin. From there, you can ride a jeepney or multicab (that’s what they call it) to wherever you’re going. Or, for better mobility, rent a multicab beforehand so he can tour you around the island.

If you’re going back to Cagayan de Oro from Camiguin, you can just follow these steps in reverse order.

5D4N CDO-Camiguin-Iligan Itinerary

In 15 days, my friends and I are going on another adventure. This time, we’re going to the Land of Promise, the island of Mindanao. We’ve been to Davao before so we’re exploring the north this time.

Day 1

4:25 AM – ETD of flight via Cebu Pacific

6:00 AM – Arrival in Laguindingan Airport

Rest

12:00 NN – White Water Rafting Adventure

5:00 PM – Tour of CDO

7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 2

5:00 AM – Bus to Balingoan Port

7:00 AM – Ferry to Camiguin Island

8:00 AM – Camiguin Day Tour

5:00 PM – Rest and Dinner

Day 3

8:00 AM – Enjoy the beach of Camiguin

1:00 PM – Ferry to Balingoan Port

2:00 PM – Bus to CDO

4:00 PM – Tour of CDO

7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 4

7:00 AM – Bus to Iligan City

9:00 AM – Tour of Iligan City’s Falls (Tinago Falls / Maria Cristina Falls)

5:00 PM – Bus to CDO

7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 5

9:00 AM – Bus to Laguindingan Airport

11:25 AM – Flight back to Manila via Cebu Pacific

We’re looking for a lot of rest and relaxation so there isn’t a lot of items packed into the trip. We talked about where we want to go and this is the result of that brainstorming.

Do you have suggestions for us?